Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final
rule establishing pass/fail criteria for use with performance-based
brake testers (PBBTs), which measure commercial vehicle braking
and federal, state and local enforcement officials can use the
new technology to determine whether a truck or bus complies with
brake performance safety standards.
The use of
PBBTs, which measures brake forces at each wheel or by measuring
overall vehicle brake performance in a controlled test, is expected
to save time and could increase the number of commercial vehicles
that can be inspected in a given time, said Transportation Secretary
need to take advantage of new technology to help reduce the number
of fatalities related to truck and bus crashes," Mineta said.
"This new safety technology can help prevent crashes by ensuring
that trucks and buses have sufficient braking capacity."
The new rule will go into effect Feb. 3, 2003.